Between parties I did manage to find some fun furniture. One cabinet wasn't anything to speak of necessarily, but there were some nice curves and lines in the piece. It definitely looked like it could have a French flair, which of course is my favorite style to emulate.
Here is the piece when I got it. It didn't have any hardware.
After the layers were sufficiently dry, I applied Alamo White with a very watery brush to create a wash. I moved the brush up and down and diagonally in quick motions.
I had a cloth on hand to wipe back and blend in some of the Alamo White.
I kept playing with the brush and the rag, wiping it down, adding more, dry brushing some areas, and doing whatever I could to create an aged textured look. Eventually it looked like this.
I was hoping for it to be even more subtle, so I did another layer of the Alamo White in the same motions. The second coat of white created those subtle textures I was hoping for.
Finally after all the paint was dry, I applied two coats of Vax for protection. I love working with Vax because it's so quick and easy. I sprayed a car polishing sponge with a quick squirt of water, then dipped it in the Vax. With quick even strokes, it was applied over the paint. If the sponge seemed too dry and more difficult to spread, I would spray another squirt of water to dampen it. After the two coats of Vax, it was finished. Almost. I found some appropriate hardware in my stash and added that final touch.
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